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January 25, 2007

Red-hot shooting leads PSU Women’s Hoop past Newbury

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University used red-hot shooting Thursday evening to defeat Newbury College, 75-38, in a non-conference women's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

The Panthers connected on 70 percent from the floor in the first half (19-for-27) en route to a 55-18 halftime lead, and finished with a 62.2 percent clip (28-for-45) from the field. PSU also shot 90 percent from the free throw line (9-for-10), and its 83.3 percent from three-point range (10 of 12) is the fifth-best performance in Division III history since the NCAA began tracking the statistic in 1988.

The outcome stopped a six-game losing streak for the Panthers, who improve to 5-13 overall. The hard-luck Nighthawks gave a solid effort but fell to 0-14.

With the big lead, Plymouth State was able to use the entire bench. Freshman Laura Kent (Bellingham, Mass.) led the team with 12 points and nine rebounds, while junior Annie Alosa (Concord, N.H.) was 4-for-4 from the field (3-for-3 from beyond the arc) and finished with 11 points. Sophomore Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) contributed 10 points, including a pair of threes, and freshman Kathy Frankowski (Unionville, Conn.) chipped in with a season-high nine points.

Newbury had three players score in double figures. Senior Jessie Laliberty (Haverhill, Mass.) led all scorers with 13 points, while freshman Rashawna Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) added 11 points and senior Taraja Laws (Easton, Pa.) contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Plymouth State returns to Little East Conference action on Saturday with a visit to Rhode Island College (1:00 p.m.) Newbury will seek its first win Saturday at Saint Joseph's College, Maine (1 p.m.)

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